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Museum of Scotland book review unfair ...

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Your reviewer Gerry McLean ('A premature celebration?', aj 11.11.99) is correct to say that the Museum of Scotland book is not vanity publishing. He is completely wrong, however, when he states that the building's architect, Benson + Forsyth, has published it.

August worked very closely with Benson + Forsyth on the visual content and arrangement of the images, because we wanted the book to become, in effect, a two-dimensional model of the building and not a self-aggrandising puff for the architects. The result is not a 'rush to confer 'great architecture' status on the project.' It is an honest representation of the museum from the people who designed it.

In this respect, the book - like the building - breaks with familiar conventions, offering an intriguing insight into the visual sensibility of Gordon Benson and Alan Forsyth.

Nick Barley, publishing director, August Media, London EC1

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